Event: Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 pm EDT
Join Art Enables resident artists and visiting artists Laura Grothaus, Erik Holden, and Shelley Picot in a discussion about our current exhibitions, Green Archives and It Takes a Village. The artists will discuss their work, including collaborative drawings and paintings created in partnership with Art Enables resident artists.
After the talk and continuing in the exhibitions’ spirit of collaboration, the visiting artists will lead a short collaborative art activity. Guests will be invited to begin a drawing with the intention of passing their work on to a friend to complete. To participate, bring a pencil and paper (and maybe a friend!) and any other art supplies you’d like.
About the Exhibitions
It Takes a Village: Erik Holden’s paintings present collages of figuration, pairing subjects in the classical poses and draped fabrics of the Renaissance with the 2-dimensional, candy-coated bodies of cartoon characters. The images seem in the middle of an ongoing cycle, their parts colliding in a space of reactivity and re-making. Holden’s subjects clash in style, but they all play familiar roles: the king, the beauty, the witch, the beast, the goddess, the companion, the comic relief. In turns noble, goofy, saccharine, and iconic, they are timeless characters cast in the stories we employ to interpret our shared human experiences. This exhibition includes works made in collaboration with Art Enables artists Maurice Barnes, Jay Bird, Duane Blacksheare-Staton, and Nonja Tiller.
Green Archives: Laura Grothaus and Shelley Picot explore themes of nature and storytelling through sculpture, video, painting, and additional 2D works made in collaboration with Art Enables artists Mara Clawson, Egbert “Clem” Evans, Debora Green, Vanessa Monroe, Gary Murrell, and Imani Turner. The exhibition considers the natural world as an index of living symbols and archetypes human beings have used over and over throughout history to tell and retell the stories that define us. The small husks of nascent seeds, twining tendrils of growing plants, the presence of pollinators, and the bodies of dogs, bears, and other animals – these images feel ripe with mythic potential, an elemental vocabulary ready to be shaped into new narratives.